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QPR's Taarabt: Arsenal's Chamakh believes I can make Premier League grade

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt has revealed that Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh believes he can make it in the top flight.

The 21-year old Moroccan couldn't quite make the grade during his time with Tottenham but he has said that fellow countryman Chamakh, who is achieving great success in North London, is full of support as he continues to impress in the English Championship.

"We are together every day. We are the only two Moroccans in the English league so we are very close," Taarabt said.

"He has settled in very well but I was not surprised. For him to go to Arsenal was perfect because he came from a French league, he speaks French, Arsene Wenger speaks French and eight-nine players speak French there. For him, nothing changes.

"It was different for me at Tottenham - I arrived at the age of 17 and it was difficult. Of course he helps me and gives me advice. He believes in me 100 per cent and is just waiting for me to play in the Premier League.

"He knows I want to be there and that I can play there so that helps me a lot. I know I have to keep working and hopefully one day I will be able to do this.

"I don't know if I will play in the Premier League with QPR, but if not I hope with another team.

"QPR have given me a chance and hopefully I can get them up to the Premier League. This is my job this season and we will see what can happen.

"At the start of the season if people told us we wouldn't lose in the first 19 games then we would have taken that. Now we have lost two games and of course people will look at us and the situation.

"But we know what we can do and we can come back."

Andrew Slevison
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